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Data collection

Whatever research methods you choose for your study, you will have to make decisions about the population group that you will investigate. In general it is not possible to evaluate every person or every instance that you wish to test or understand. Based on your research question and what you are seeking to find out, you will select who or what is the population to be investigated. You will then decide whether you are interested in generalising the findings to other instances or other population groups, or whether you are trying to have a deeper understanding of a select group.

These decisions will assist you in determining what your research cohort is going to be. There are different ways that you can select your research sample from the total population. And however you make your selection, you will need to justify the process that you have used.

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